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Information for Candidates
Elected Officers of the City of Buda

The City of Buda is governed by a seven member City Council, each of whom is elected at-large for three year terms.  The Council is composed of six Councilmembers and one Mayor. 

Office of Mayor
The Mayor is recognized as the head of the City government for all ceremonial purposes, for emergency management purposes, and by the governor for purposes of military law.  In addition to these roles, the Mayor exercises the same powers & duties as a Councilmember. Under the City Charter, the City Manager is responsible for the day to day management of City affairs.

Office of Councilmember
According to the City Charter "All powers of the City shall be vested in the City Council, except as otherwise provided by law or this Charter and the City Council shall provide for the exercise thereof and for the performance of all duties and obligations imposed on the City by law".  Generally this means that members of the City Council are responsible for exercising all of the powers of the City for the general welfare of the Citizens. Most City Council actions take the form of ordinances (local laws) or resolutions (authorizations) which are approved by a majority vote of the City Council.

Duties & Responsibilities
Councilmembers are expected to maintain regular attendance at City Council meetings.  This includes two regular meetings per month and numerous special meetings throughout the year.  Most meetings last between 2 and 3 hours, and each Councilmember is provided with a packet ranging from between 100 to 250 pages to review prior to each meeting.  In addition to the minimum duties and requirements imposed by law, most members of City Council find that they must also dedicate significant time and resources in order to campaign for office, communicate with constituents, educate themselves on the legal powers and duties of municipal governments, and remained informed on the business of the City. 

Compensation
In accordance with the City Charter, the members of City Council are paid a stipend of $50.00 for every meeting attended, while the Mayor is paid a stipend of $75.00 for each meeting attended.


Qualifications for Office
In order to be eligible to be a candidate for Mayor or City Council for the City of Buda, you must meet the following criteria:

1.     Be a qualified voter in the City and State at the time of taking office;
2.     Be a resident of the City;
3.     Have resided continuously in the corporate limits of the City for 12   
        months immediately preceding the date of the election;
4.     Not be in violation of any provision in the Charter;
5.     Be 21 years of age or older on the first day of the term to be filled at
        the election; and
6.     Satisfy any other eligibility requirements prescribed by law for the
        office for which you are a candidate.


Filing for Office
The seats on the City Council serve staggered three year terms, and rotate for election as depicted below:


Place 5, 6, and Mayor - November 2014

In order to have your name placed on the ballot for any of these offices, you will need to file a "Application for Place on Ballot" with the City Secretary's Office by the statutory filing deadline. The filing deadlines will be listed on the Important Notices & Deadlines page of the City Secretary's website.  

Campaign Finance Filings
Candidates for City Council are required by state law to complete and file several forms related to campaign finances.  These forms, and the rules and regulations that govern their use, fall under the jurisdiction of the Texas Ethics Commission.   While the City Secretary's Office acts as a local repository for these campaign finance reporting forms, we cannot provide guidance to candidates regarding the adequacy of their filings, nor respond to complaints about a candidates filings.  All questions about Texas campaign finance laws, and financial reporting, should be forwarded to the Texas Ethics Commission at the contact information below:

Texas Ethics Commission
P. O. Box 12070
Austin, TX 78711-2070
512-463-5800